Low-income Richmond residents donate back to local farm

Giving back to the community has been more important than ever during COVID-19, and one Richmond group is giving back to their local farm for donating fresh produce to them and bringing them together as well.

The Richmond Advocacy and Support Committee (RASC) – a network of low-income Richmond residents – donated $300 after raised funds from selling a recipe book they had put together.

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In partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), the cook book titled Serving Up Memories was filled with recipes using fresh produce from Sweet Digz, a local farm in Richmond, which had donated fresh vegetables to RASC weekly for the past two years.

Theresa Head, admin coordinator with RASC, said recipes in the book were put together by Minoo Javadi, who is with the FSGV.

“Every week, Minoo would have a recipe ready for us to follow and we would take the donated vegetables and turn them into delicious dishes,” said Head.

She added that the book was their way to show their appreciation to the farm.

Head told the Richmond News that the farm and FSGV helped them learn more about organic farming and how to cook with local produce and the experience is something she would never forget.

“Food is what brings people together. The title of the recipe book represents that, and every cooking class we had was a beautiful memory with everyone,” said Head, adding that Sweet Digz deserved the donation.

“Sweet Digz is a wonderful group to work with. They are doing a great service to the community because they’re teaching families, children and teenagers more about growing, eating and cooking local.

“Supporting local is so important and I would encourage others to buy their produce from local businesses.”

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